Five hospitals, two organizations, and one eMAR come together to improve patient safety

Posted by Alicia Stevens, R.Ph.T. on March 12, 2019

Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of harm around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the cost associated with medication errors is around $42 billion USD annually. Likewise, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has documented over $140 million Canadian dollars in direct and indirect healthcare expenditures due to preventable medication hospitalizations, with lost productivity (including time off work) adding an additional $12 million in costs.

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Topics: EHR, Patient Safety, Health IT

Thought leader podcast series: Addressing the opioid crisis


In our latest Thought Leader podcast, I speak with Phil Campbell, CIO and VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth (Prince Frederick, MD), about how his organization has been addressing the opioid crisis through its award-winning Opioid Stewardship Program

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Topics: CIO, Podcast, Population Health, Patient Engagement, Patient Safety

Integrated prescription drug monitoring supports smarter opioid prescribing


Having a clear view of a patient’s prescription history is one of the most important tools a doctor can have during the opioid crisis. That’s why we recently integrated our EHR with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) at Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital.

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Topics: Patient Safety, Healthcare IT, Implementation

How to implement a successful care transition


In 2014, there were 28 million patient discharges in U.S. hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that in 2017, six million senior citizens were readmitted to hospitals, which cost an average of $15-20 million.

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Topics: Nursing, Patient Safety, Care Coordination

How Med Center Health uses their EHR to recognize and treat sepsis


Quality care for our patients is at the heart of Med Center Health. Part of quality care is following the latest evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of various disease states, especially those with high risk of mortality. According to the CDC, more than 1.7 million people acquire sepsis each year in the U.S. with at least 270,000 deaths as a result. But early identification and intervention can help patients dramatically. As the “Surviving Sepsis Campaign” has grown and evolved under the auspices of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the CDC and CMS have challenged hospitals and providers to treat sepsis as a medical emergency, set treatment goals, and rigorous deadlines.

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Topics: Patient Safety, Sepsis

Making patient safety personal


Have you seen MEDITECH’s For Us, It’s Personal video on what the healthcare industry means to us? In the video, I shared that my sister passed away from sepsis following a bone marrow transplant related to leukemia. Like many others, my personal experiences contribute to my passion at work, and my after-hours engagement as a member of a patient advisory board.

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Topics: Patient Safety, Patients

How healthcare executives can forge a stronger chain against cyberattacks

Posted by Tom Stafford, VP & CIO, Halifax Health on October 2, 2018

As healthcare organizations further integrate technology into their operations, the risk of cyberattacks increases — and research shows that today’s healthcare leaders are continually looking for ways to lower that risk.

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Topics: Security, Patient Safety

4 ways to improve and maintain a quality patient experience


All industries are having to adjust to the increasing power of customer voices and on-demand consumer trends. In the world of healthcare, this makes patients the decision makers who hold the most important perspective.

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Topics: Patient Engagement, Patient Safety, Patients

Nurses remain in critical role amid changes in healthcare



As healthcare continues to evolve, there is one constant when it comes to treating patients: The critical role that nurses play in delivering quality care. That role has certainly expanded over the years, particularly in the areas of establishing and maintaining patient safety, finding workflow efficiencies through evidence-based clinical documentation, and recognizing and responding to social determinants of health.
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Topics: Security, Home Care, Nursing, Population Health, Integration, Patient Safety

How nurses can immunize your organization against cyberattacks


Every day, nurses collect and analyze information to ensure that patients are getting the right care at the right time. That same preventative approach is critical to improving cybersecurity at the point of care.

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Topics: Security, Big Data, Patient Safety, Healthcare IT, nurses